Conference “Travel agencies partners to hosts” held in Split

first_imgToday in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Split County Chamber, a conference “Travel agencies partners to the hosts” was held.The conference is the result of cooperation between the Family Tourism Association Section and the Professional Group of Travel Agencies at ŽK Split, and its goal was to bring the activities of travel agencies (hosts) closer to service providers, which can facilitate their business and enable them to create the advantages necessary for better competitive tourism market. ”These forms of professional networking in ŽK Split were initiated precisely because of the importance of tourism for the Croatian, and especially the Split-Dalmatia economy. Excellent tourist results oblige to further work on raising the quality of services and extending the season. Therefore, we organize such gatherings with the hope that you will find interest in improving your business in mutual contacts, with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce as your support and partner.”, Said on behalf of the organizers the director of ŽK Split, Vesna Friedl.The number of family renters in the Split-Dalmatia County is constantly increasing by about 10% more family accommodation providers, while in the area of ​​the city of Split this number rises to a staggering 30%.Five travel agencies from the Split-Dalmatia County presented their services at the conference, after which individual business talks were held between private renters and agency representatives. Travel agencies presented numerous advantages of this sales channel such as presence on several foreign portals at once in the source language of the guest country, presence with foreign partner agencies and tour operators, security when canceling a guest reservation, communication with the guest in the source language, constant expansion of sales channels. , greater choice of payment methods for the guest, advice on marketing presentation of the accommodation facility, reduced administration for the host because there is no need to calculate and collect VAT on agency commission, which is ultimately invaluable for the final impression of the guest who will leave in the comments. ”Although working through the portal is certainly a good way of doing business, it is much more demanding in terms of the engagement of the landlord himself. Travel agencies offer different levels of services, from full management of the apartment to only occasional charging, check-in and check-out of guests and guests”, Said Nataša Bušić from the Tourism Department of ŽK Split at the meeting.The number of family renters in the Split-Dalmatia County is constantly increasing, for several years in a row there are about 10% more family accommodation providers in the county, while in the city of Split this number rises to a staggering 30%. “The great interest in the topic of the conference, more than sixty hosts present, confirm that this growing market of private accommodation, in addition to the current sharp jump in quantity, also needs further quality improvement. ”Concluded from HGK ŽK Split. Providing family accommodation services is a complete business process that requires knowledge from various business areas, such as marketing, informatics, legislation, foreign languages, and the landlord can get them in partnership with a travel agency.last_img read more

Lloyds counsels calm on credit

first_imgHigh street firms should not fear a ‘kneejerk’ reaction from banks restricting lending in the wake of high-profile firm failures, according to a big-four bank. The collapse of Manchester firm Cobbetts in January, which followed the demise in 2010 of regional giant Halliwells, has led to acute concerns over the availability of credit. But Chris Marston, head of professional practices at Lloyds TSB, told the Gazette: ‘There will be no kneejerk reaction from banks, nor would that be appropriate.’ He said firms can ‘take comfort’ from the fact banks will not change their approach to lending to the legal sector due to one-off high-profile collapses, but will consider a range of factors. Marston said the bank views solicitors as being of high integrity and the instances where it has written off law firm debt have been low compared with other sectors. ‘The partnership model has been a factor, as partners are jointly and severally personally liable,’ he said. Lloyds TSB, said Marston, has credit policies for all important sectors, including legal, which are reviewed twice a year. The next review for solicitors’ firms will be in around four months. The bank considers a number of factors, including how its book is performing and whether there are loans that are not being serviced, as well as external factors affecting the sector, such as alternative business structures. ‘We look at trends, not single instances,’ he added. Despite the economic climate and potential for increased competition from certain ABSs, he said the bank has seen a ‘surprising’ number of start-ups.last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, defending champ and world No. 1, bounced by Belinda Bencic

first_imgBencic completed a 7-5, 6-4 triumph in one hour and 27 minutes, reaching only her second Grand Slam quarterfinal with a win that ensures Ashleigh Barty will replace Osaka atop the WTA rankings.Back in the QF! @BelindaBencic defeats World No. 1 Osaka 7-5, 6-4 to reach the QF stage in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014…#USOpen— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2019Bencic hit the ground running and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first set, only for Osaka to reel off three straight games.Any thought that normal service had been resumed proved misguided, however, and Bencic struck again as she nailed a passing shot to break before wrapping up the set when Osaka returned a serve out wide into the net.The world No. 12 did a tremendous job of extending the rallies and brought up triple break point in the fifth game of the second with another astonishing pass at the end of a remarkable rally. NEW YORK — Belinda Bencic produced a stunning performance here Monday to end Naomi Osaka’s title defense at the U.S. Open in the fourth round and bring her stint at the top of the world rankings to a close. Osaka won plaudits for her class on and off the court in the third round, persuading an emotional Coco Gauff to do a joint interview in front of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd after her straight-sets win over the 15-year-old American. U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic in ‘constant pain’ for weeks with shoulder issuecenter_img As a result, she had plenty of backing under the roof of the same arena, but that did not inspire her to victory in the face of a magnificent showing from Bencic.Bencic, of Switzerland, had won her two previous meetings with Osaka, defeating her at Indian Wells and Madrid. Having had the benefit of Anett Kontaveit’s withdrawal from her third-round tie, Bencic continued her hold over the Osaka, of Japan, in fine style. Related News Osaka subsequently sent down a double fault and then called for the trainer. She carried on but was unable to make the inroads needed to restore parity as Bencic secured arguably the biggest win of her career, celebrating arms aloft as her opponent directed a tame off-balance forehand into the net.Bencic will next face Donna Vekic, who overcame Julia Goerges in three sets, in a match between two players looking to reach the semi-final of a slam for the first time.STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNBelinda Bencic [13] bt Naomi Osaka [1] 7-5 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSBencic – 29/12Osaka – 26/21ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSBencic – 0/6Osaka – 9/3BREAK POINTS WONBencic – 3/7Osaka – 1/1FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEBencic – 61Osaka – 57PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEBencic – 82/59Osaka – 72/41TOTAL POINTSBencic – 69Osaka – 55last_img read more

Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

first_imgWASHINGTON | Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad breakup.All three have launched individual campaigns that reflect an emerging priority for African-American women: finding creative ways to combat the obesity epidemic that threatens their longevity.This combo image made of file photos from Feb. 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, left, and Feb. 15, 2012 in New York, right, shows TV personality Star Jones. Jones, who underwent open heart surgery three years ago at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity. (AP Photos, File)African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of Americans overall are in this category, the CDC said.Many black women seem to be unaffected by being generally heavier than other Americans.Calorie-rich, traditional soul food is a staple in the diets of many African-Americans, and curvy black women are embraced positively through slang praising them as “thick” with a “little meat on their bones,” or through songs like the Commodore’s “Brick House” or “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post earlier this year found that 66 percent of overweight black women had high self-esteem, while 41 percent of average-sized or thin white women had high self-esteem.Still, that doesn’t mean black women reject the need to become healthier.Historically black, all-female Spelman College in Atlanta is disbanding its NCAA teams and devoting those resources to a campus-wide wellness program. In an open letter announcing Spelman’s “wellness revolution,” president Beverly Daniel Tatum cited a campus analysis that found many of Spelman’s 2,100 students already have high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or other chronic ailments.“Spelman has an opportunity to change the health trajectory of our students and, through their influence, the communities from which they come,” Tatum’s letter said.Jones, who underwent open heart surgery in 2010 at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity.“We have to get ourselves out of being conditioned to think that using soft words so we don’t hurt peoples’ feelings is doing them any favor,” Jones said. “Curvy, big-boned, hefty, full-figured, fluffy, chubby. Those are all words designed to make people feel better about themselves. That wasn’t helpful to me.”Jones once embraced being large and fabulous, at 5 feet 5 inches tall and 300 pounds. But under that exterior, she said, she was morbidly obese, suffering from extreme fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, heart palpitations and blurred vision. Now, she advises women to make simple changes such as reducing salt intake, exercising 30 minutes a day, quitting smoking, controlling portion sizes and making nutritious dietary choices.Nutritionist and author Rovenia M. Brock, known professionally as Dr. Ro, agrees with Jones. She said getting active is only about 20 percent of the fight against obesity. The rest revolves around how much people eat. “Our plates are killing us,” she said.Brock said “food deserts,” or urban areas that lack quality supermarkets, are a real obstacle. She suggested getting around that by carpooling with neighbors to stores in areas with higher-quality grocery options or buying food in bulk. She also suggested growing herbs and vegetables in window-box gardens.“Stop focusing on what’s not there, or what you think is not there,” Brock said. “We have to get out of this wimpy, ‘woe is me’ mentality.”While first lady Michelle Obama has encouraged exercise through her “Let’s Move” campaign targeting childhood obesity, the spark for this current interest among black women may have been comments last year by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who observed publicly that women must stop allowing concern about their hair to prevent them from exercising.Some black women visit salons as often as every two weeks, investing several hours and anywhere from $50 to several hundreds of dollars each visit — activity that, according to the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, helps fuel a $9 billion black hair care and cosmetics industry.In an interview during a health conference in Washington last week, Benjamin said the damage sweat can inflict on costly hairstyles can affect women’s willingness to work out, and she hopes to change that. She goes to beauty industry conferences to encourage stylists to create exercise-friendly hairdos.“I wouldn’t say we use it as an excuse, we use it as a barrier,” Benjamin said. “And that’s not one of the barriers anymore. We’re always going to have problems with balancing our lives, but we could take that one out.”Parker, an actress, understands this dilemma well. Out of personal frustration over maintaining both her workout and her hair, she created “Save Your Do” Gymwrap — a headband that can be wrapped around the hair in a way that minimizes sweat and preserves hairstyles.“Not just as a black woman, but as a woman, since the beginning of time, beauty has been our responsibility,” Parker said in an interview. Because of that, she said, exercise has become linked with vanity instead of health.“We’ve turned exercise into a weight-loss regimen,” Parker said. “No. Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have. … Take all the hype out of the exercise and think of it as brushing your teeth.”With their mutual family histories of diabetes and high blood pressure in mind, Carey, 28, and her sorority sister Ashley Hicks, 29, co-founded the running club Black Girls Run. Carey also considered it a new beginning after a bad breakup and a move across country. Since 2009, Black Girls Run has amassed 52,000 members who serve as a support system for runners.Black Girls Run has about 60 groups nationwide that coordinate local races in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C, Houston and Greensboro, N.C. Most groups run at least five times a week. Next month, the running club will take its first “Black Girls Run — Preserve the Sexy” tour to cities with high obesity rates. The tour includes health and fitness clinics with information on nutrition, hair maintenance and running gear.“We found that when you want to get healthy and when you want to be active, it’s intimidating,” Carey said. “You don’t know where to start. There’s a little coaxing that has to go along with that.”Parker said once African-American women place value on their bodies and longevity, everything else will follow. It costs her nothing, she said, to walk around an outdoor track with her husband, actor Boris Kodjoe, or run up and down stairs with her headphones.“One good step breeds another one,” Parker said. “You’re going to have one less margarita, one less scoop of Thanksgiving macaroni … and yet you’re not doing anything fanatical or dramatic.”last_img read more

Graeme Murty: Rangers players must take responsibility

first_imgMurty said: “You haven’t got the space and I haven’t got the time to convey how I’m feeling. Suffice to say we are walking away with nothing and that’s not good enough for this football club. This club has been and will be again about winning football matches and we haven’t managed to do that. We weren’t clinical enough in either box and we paid the price.“You saw a group of players who were focused, I thought for 25 minutes we were great, but it’s the same old problem, if you don’t score when you have the chance and you let in too many goals, then you are not going to take too many points home.” Graeme Murty says his Rangers players must take responsibility when it matters following Friday night’s damaging defeat to Inverness CT.Billy Mckay’s 89th-minute overhead kick gave the Caley Jags a 2-1 win to leave Rangers six points adrift of Aberdeen in the pursuit of second place in the Scottish Premiership table.Murty has now lost both league matches he has taken charge of Rangers for, but he underlined how the players are the only ones who can change things. Murty, whose team host St Johnstone on Wednesday, said: “The board will take their time and appoint the person that they think should be in place at a time of their choosing. So until I’m told otherwise I will carry on doing what I’m doing.“I have been put in a very, very difficult position. The board have taken steps, they have offered me help and I have taken advantage of that help. At the moment that will remain private between me and the person who is helping me.“But I have to say, my help and the people helping me, doesn’t take away from the fact that the players have to focus what they can control, and they can control their attitude and performance.”Rangers could fall nine points behind second-placed Aberdeen on Saturday, when the Dons host Ross County, after going four league games without a victory.last_img read more